SMITHSONIAN ROBO SPIDER

Ages: 8 and upManufacturer: NSI International, Inc.

With eight multi-jointed legs, this motorized science building kit creates a robotic spider that mimics the actual movements of an arachnid. As they’re building, kids are introduced to robotics, gears and how they work, and even a basic lesson on circuits.

The kit includes a gear box with on/off switch assembly, two battery terminals, one tube, one battery cover, and 64 plastic Robot Spider parts. One AA battery is required but not included Although rated for kids 8 and up, our testers found the assembly of the spider required full parental participation.

Watching the assembled spider walk in a synchronized sideways motion as it avoided obstacles and climbed a ramp was a big hit with young players. Their parents appreciated the reasonable price and that the directions for assembly were detailed and printed on the back of a large full color spider poster with information about spiders.

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